Stephen Colbert backs Rick 'Parry' for prez
August 10th, 2011
08:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Stephen Colbert backs Rick 'Parry' for prez

Washington (CNN) - It's not a typo. Comedian Stephen Colbert wants America to vote for Rick Parry - that's right, Parry with an "A."

In the first released ad by his "super" political action committee, Colbert urged Iowa voters to write in "Rick Parry" at the Ames straw poll on Saturday, suggesting in a satiric nod that he's throwing his weight behind Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas for president.

"I called dibs on Rick Parry a long time ago," said Colbert, who dubs himself president and assistant equipment manager for his PAC, in a statement Wednesday.

The ad, "Episode IV: A New Hope," is a play on the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which allows super PACs to receive and spend unlimited amounts of money, as long as they don't coordinate with a particular candidate.

"So to prove we're truly uncoordinated, we're asking voters to write in Parry with an A – as in America, IowA, or PresidAnt," Colbert said. "You can feel confident he's not asking us to do that."

The one-minute spot blasts other groups, including Jobs for Iowa and Grow PAC, for using their "unlimited super PAC money" to rally behind Perry, who's widely expected to launch a presidential campaign soon.

"But what about our unlimited super PAC money? We want you to vote for Rick Perry, too," the ad said. "But not their Rick Perry, our Rick Parry."

The ad took to the airwaves Wednesday in the Des Moines media market.

Colbert's PAC - "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" - was granted legal status in June by the Federal Election Commission.


Filed under: Rick Perry • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. yao ming

    No, but Obama's picture reminds me of Hitler every time I look at it.

    August 11, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Dorie in New Braunfels

    Texan here – might want to follow our news over the last 5 years before you decide you want this guy running our country.

    August 11, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Sorensen

    I thought Colbert was more intelligent than that. Perry? Guns and religion? Good luck with that.
    Never Colbert again.

    August 11, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Joe and Eileen Cerami please learn how to spell the Presidents name before sending something to the message board

    August 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. AJ

    This would be better if he had a gun in each hand. Come on, he's the Texas Governor.

    August 11, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Tillie in Texas

    Rick Secessionist Perry. Only in Texas would idiots vote for a guy to run the country he wants to seceed from.

    August 11, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Typo: Make that give to Colbert SuperPAC ....

    August 11, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Daniel

    per┬Ěry
    noun, plural -ries.
    a fermented beverage similar to cider, made from the juice of pears.

    August 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Jon

    You really have to read in between the lines of the ad, I think the "A for America" part simply means when Rick Perry wanted to succeed from the Union lol.

    August 11, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Scott O' Canada

    Praise the Lord, and pass the bucks .... Perry's new campaign slogan. Free bibles and revolvers for every man, woman and child.

    August 11, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Grundoon

    I support Joe Perry. Aerosmith ROCKS!!! With a heave and ho, no I just couldn't tell her so, no, no, no. *insert smoking guitar solo here*

    August 11, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. CindySanFrancisco

    This guy is such a joke. No more presidents from TX. He should not bother running.

    August 11, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Tad Pole

    I can't wait to see how many votes Rick PArry gets. The politicians have made their profession into a joke, let's make sure to keep it that way.

    August 11, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Didn't he advocate secession? Why would any American want to vote for someone who doesn't believe in the UNITED States of America? He is the Tea Party's mad hatter.

    August 11, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. JIMMY

    We need liberals, someone has to pump the gas and clean the floors. I mean they are not good for much else, but its nice not to get out of the car when its too hot or cold out side

    August 11, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Just As I Thought

    Just heard, on FOX...the only News to watch if one doesn't want Liberal Lies......that Perry is definitely IN! So, get @ it all you DNC fire breathing Liars.....but truth is....Perry will be the Republican canidate for President in 2012! No way can Obambi beat Perry, Casey Anthony can beat Obambi by 2012!

    August 11, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Bill

    Suppose Colbert thinks that, if the candidate's name is misspelled, the vote doesn't count? He wouldn't try to nullify peoples' votes, would he? Would he? Sure he would.

    August 11, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Cut, run and sucede when the going gets too tough should be the official Rick Perry slogan..

    August 11, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Texas Doc

    Perry: All hat and no cattle. Wait till America gets a load of this clown. Dumber than Bush (hard to do).

    August 11, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. doug

    When your audience is full of hate, bigotry, and angry at the truth and facts, you can tell the same lie based joke for 5 years without the need to come up with different material, Colbert is a genious.

    When your audience is still cursing Bush each morning when they can't find their car keys, who cares if you are creating Laughtners, you can just say uh not me, duh Rep...oops Tea Party did it.

    August 11, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. doug

    When your ideology and party are a joke, a comedy channel is your defacto choice for news.

    August 11, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Joe

    I suspect that most people inclined to vote for Perry can't spell and won't get the joke.

    August 11, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. shanna

    rick perry is a coward for stepping down to the tsa, when they threatened a no fly zone. Colbert im not a fan anymore. RON PAUL 2012!

    August 11, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. doug

    Lib lib hate media says Romney cannot be elected because he is a Mormon. Ha ha, sure, take your most fundamental Christian and I assure you that Mitt will get the vote when your choice is either a Mormon or a mOron, well actually it should be spelled Moore-on.

    I can't wait to read the ticker on November 7th 2012, each little Micheal Moore-on lib bot will be crying about how racist America is.

    August 11, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Comments4U

    Wrong Texan, Vote Ron Paul 2012!

    August 11, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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